Nigerian Police Rescue 4 Foreign Oil Workers Abducted in Bayelsa

Nigerian police rescued four foreign oil workers abducted on April 22 off the coast of Bayelsa state, in the Niger River delta, authorities said today.

Obaya Marak and Mikhail Teresgji from Russia, and Vadym Shytov and Oleksiv Ishmyetvev from the Ukraine, were rescued on May 22 in the Borokiri area of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, Angela Gabe, spokeswoman of the state police command said by phone. The rescued oil workers are in a stable condition, she said.

Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer, has seen a renewed surge of violence targeting the industry by armed groups that either steal crude oil from pipelines or kidnap oil workers for ransom. Attacks had declined after thousands of militants fighting for a greater share of the region’s oil wealth for its inhabitants, accepted a government amnesty in 2009 and disarmed.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp., Total SA and Eni SpA run joint ventures with state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. that pump more than 90 percent of the country’s crude.

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